Current Bearcat Buddies Tutors

Included here is valuable information for current and prospective tutors. Please read carefully as current tutors will be held accountable for this information. If you are a current tutor, do not hesitate to ask questions if you are unsure about anything at any time by contacting BearcatBuddies@uc.edu or call Fran Larkin at 513-556-1503.

Tutoring Session Days and Times

The PDF below includes a list of all tutoring sessions for the current semester. You can download this resource below to see a list of all 26 weekly tutoring sessions:

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2016 - 2017 School Calendar

For planning purposes, you can take a look at the Cincinnati Public Schools calendar HERE.

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Training

Any volunteer who is new to Bearcat Buddies must attend training before they begin tutoring. Remaining training sessions for the Fall Semester will be announced via email to new tutors. Training sessions for the Spring Semester are held during the first week of classes. Tutors will also recieve additional information, onsite orientation, and training during their first tutoring session.

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Policies and Paperwork

Every tutor must complete a background check once per year. Every tutor must complete a volunteer agreement each semester. Background check forms and volunteer agreements will be available at training each semester, and during the first tutoring session for returning tutors.

You can view a copy of the volunteer agreement and background check form below, but copies will be provided at trainings or during your first tutoring session for returning tutors.

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Community Service Hours

Tutors receive 1.5 hours of off-campus community service credit for each tutoring session. Most semesters will include 12 sessions, but holidays and other calendar irregularities may decrease the number of possible sessions.

The Center for Community Engagement will track service hours throughout the semester and provide tutors with a report after the last day of regular classes for the semester. These hours will be submitted electronically to the Scholarship and New Student Financial Aid Center and Ethnic Programs and Services offices. Students with the Cincinnatus, Darwin T. Turner, UC Global, and National Outreach scholarships will have their hours reported on their behalf. Students with other scholarships and course requirements should contact BearcatBuddies@uc.edu to make arrangements for any other reporting verification they may need.

Please note that should any of the items in the Bearcat Buddies Volunteer Agreement and Expectations policy document be violated, the Center for Community Engagement will not award community service hours. Appeals to the implementation of this policy will be considered on a case by case basis by the program support staff.

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Online and Paper Tutor Tracking Systems

As noted in the volunteer agreement and expectations policy document, all tutors must complete both an online and paper tutoring log. Paper tutoring logs are kept in the school for the benefit of the immediate school faculty, staff, and specialists. The online tutoring log is for the benefit of the Cincinnati Public School district.

Paper logs are available in the schools. Access the online tutoring log at www.cpstutoring.org and contact BearcatBuddies@uc.edu for troubleshooting assistance.

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What to Expect

  • Most tutors' first visit to their school will include an overview of the tutoring program in that school. This will help you get a feel for your tutoring assignment, the school, the students, and make a connection to the GRAD Cincinnati staff person in your building.
  • Most tutors' first session will also involve a brief orientation to the school building, and answering any questions or concerns you may have.
  • Your first full tutoring session will most likely be on your second visit to your school. This first tutoring session will involve getting to know your student, building a relationship, and setting mutual expectations (rules). Take a look at the First Session Checklist on this page for details.
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Snow Days and Road Conditions

Tutoring sessions may be canceled due to road conditions. While we hope unforseen cancelations are minimized, sessions may be canceled in the interest of safety. Please check local news sources for information regarding school closings and delays.

  • If Cincinnati Public Schools are closed, tutoring will be canceled.
  • If the University of Cincinnati is closed, tutoring will be canceled.
  • If Cincinnati Public Schools are on a delay, morning tutoring sessions will be canceled.
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Super Saturdays in April

Volunteer as a tutor at Rees E. Price Academy on Saturdays in April! Super Saturdays tutors will work with students in grades 3 - 6 in reading and math. The goal of Super Saturdays is to help local students prepare  for state-wide standardized testing. Volunteers meet at McMicken Circle (just west of University Pavlion near the fountain) at 8:30a and travel to Rees E. Price Academy together. Tutoring begins at 9:00a at the school. Reading and math will be the major focus of the day, and there will be a break for snacks. Tutoring ends at noon and volunteers are typically back on campus no later than 12:30p. Food and transportation are provided!

Super Saturday dates for 2016 will be April 9 and 16.

CAHS Freshman students must complete at least one Super Saturday to fulfill their Service Learning requirement.

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Focus Groups

Cincinnati Public Schools close for spring break. Instead of tuturing that week, Bearcat Buddies tutors will meet at the Center for Community Engagement during their regularly scheduled tutoring time to engage in conversations about their service experience, and brainstorm about how they can improve the program, and increase the collective impact on the community.